The second instalment of Keith?óÔé¼Ôäós interview with Silvertone designers Populous will be up later today ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I hope you all enjoy it.
Until then, here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round up:
?óÔé¼?ôPedro de la Rosa thinks he is now driving better than he has ever done in his career – after insisting that three seasons out from F1 have not hurt his racing instincts.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôYou could say it?óÔé¼Ôäós been a good season for Niki Lauda. At six of the 12 races to date the Austrian has heard his national anthem ring out thanks to Red Bull victories. But it is not mere patriotism making Lauda – a three-time world champion and acknowledged F1 expert – tip that team to lift both titles. Speaking exclusively to Formula1.com, Lauda reviews 2010 thus far, explains why Vettel still has the edge over Webber, why Ferrari should fear their WMSC hearing, and why Mercedes should give up now on 2010.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôRenault has given the official green light for its F-duct to be introduced at next week’s Belgian Grand Prix, with the team having hit its development targets with the concept.
?óÔé¼?ôThe Enstone-based outfit has been working on the blown-wing design for several months, and in July said it hoped to have it ready for the high-speed events at Spa and Monza – where it should provide a good advantage on the long straights.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôVirgin boss John Booth has hit back after Bernie Ecclestone predicted two of F1’s struggling teams might fold before the end of the season.
?óÔé¼?ôEcclestone has gone on record saying two teams in question ?óÔé¼?£really shouldn’t be there?óÔé¼Ôäó and that he would be happy if the grid dropped to just 20 cars. ?óÔé¼?£They’re a bit out of their depth at the moment.?óÔé¼Ôäó
?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£I wasn’t particularly pleased, because comments like that for a team like ours can do great damage,?óÔé¼Ôäó Booth told motorsport-total.com. ?óÔé¼?£It’s difficult for us at the moment as it is for other teams, and for all the new teams?óÔé¼Ôäó, adding such remarks were ?óÔé¼?£destabilising?óÔé¼Ôäó.?óÔé¼?Ø
Comment of the day
Pirelli has completed its first test session at Mugello this week and has announced it’s on target to return to Formula One for the 2011 season. Steph says:
Well good start but I don?óÔé¼Ôäót see what else was expected. It?óÔé¼Ôäós basically just to get data and improve.
The tracks pretty abrasive but Nick has a gentle(ish) driving style so maybe that?óÔé¼Ôäós a good compromise or perhaps they should really have hammered the tyres.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm really looking forward to Pirelli though. It?óÔé¼Ôäós something new and good see some strategy. It?óÔé¼Ôäós bound to shake up the order a little too.
Happy birthday Woffin!
On this day in F1
Ralf Schumacher lost his appeal over a crash at the German Grand Prix on this day in 2003.
The FIA imposed a fine of $50,000 to replace the original penalty, which would have meant Schumacher dropping 10 positions from his qualifying spot at the start of his next race at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Ralf Schumacher had crashed with McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós Rubens Barrichello as the three cars left the grid at the start of the race. Race stewards blamed the German driver for the crash.
?óÔé¼?ôIt appeared to the court, in particular from reading the report by Peter Wright (technical and safety consultant) analysing accident data recorder information, not available to the stewards, that some responsibility might possibly be imputed to the other two drivers involved in the incident,?óÔé¼?Ø the FIA said.
?óÔé¼?ôThe court decided that the case should be referred back to the panel of the stewards of the German Grand Prix so that the conduct of Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen can be considered in the light of the evidence from Mr Wright.?óÔé¼?Ø